We can all hear our dentists echoing in our head: You should brush your teeth twice a day. You should floss once every day. And even for those of us who brush our teeth religiously, flossing is often ignored, especially because we don’t feel immediate change after flossing like we do brushing.
However, to maintain the strong, white teeth you want, it’s imperative that you floss every day. Here are just a few reasons why.
Floss Daily, Protect Your Teeth and Gums
Brushing Doesn’t Get Between the Teeth
Your Gums Might Bleed at First, But Not for Long
You’ll Be Able to Spot Problems Quicker
You’re Reducing Your Risk of Serious Health Problems
Flossing Pro Tips From the Pros
Just like brushing, certain flossing methods are more effective than others. Here are just a few ways you can brush like a professional:
- Use your thumbs. Take about 18 inches of dental floss and wrap either side around your middle fingers, gripping the floss between the thumb and knuckle of your pointer fingers.
- Curve the floss around your teeth. Contour the floss to the tooth and hug the sides of each tooth to gently remove plaque.
- Use a clean section for each tooth. To ensure you’re not just moving plaque from one tooth to another, use a clean section of floss for every tooth.
- Use the right floss. If you have gaps between your teeth, you’ll need thicker floss. If you don’t have the range of motion to use both hands, buy a reusable floss holder. That way, you can reach all of your teeth with just one hand.
- Don’t snap the floss downward. If your teeth are very close together, it may be hard to work the floss between them. Be very gentle, as you don’t want to force the floss downward and damage your gum line. Use a back-and-forth motion to gently work the floss between your teeth.
- Start slow. Naturally, when you first start to floss, your gums may feel tender or bleed, so start out slow and deliberate.
But Wait… There’s More!
Brushing twice daily and flossing once every day are important ways to keep your teeth and gums strong, healthy and pain-free. However, there’s still more you need to do in order to maintain great oral health: Come see us. We’ll check up on your teeth and provide a deeper clean than you can achieve at home.
To schedule an appointment with Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins at Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics in Spokane, please call us today at (509) 532-1111 or make an appointment online.